Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 26 12:49:09 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 10:01 AM -0800 2/25/10, Lisa Galvin wrote:
> >
> >It (da) only requires more strokes in the katakana and hiragana
> >versions, not in the kanji (Chinese character).
> That BBC write-up to which Ben provided the link largelyly pooh-poohs
> all the explanations regarding strokes in favor of other reasons.

See further discussion by Bill Poser on Language Log:

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